ERIC Number: ED049593
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
Assessment and Treatment of Deviant Behavior in Children - Section Five: Investigation of Some Functional Relationships Between Teacher Consequating Behavior and Pupil Performance. Final Report.
Walker, Hill M.; Buckley, Nancy K.
The document is the fifth in a six part research report on the assessment and treatment of deviant behavior in children. In attempting to reprogram a social environment so as to maintain behaviors modified in an experimental setting, researchers felt that it was essential that the reprograming take into account the teacher's role as a controlling agent in the regular classroom. Two studies were designed, one to investigage classroom control as a function of teacher dispensed social reinforcers, and the other to collect data on the relationships between the teacher's consequation effects and production of appropriate and inappropriate behavior and to measure the changes in the teacher's consequating behavior. In the latter experiment, the results from the behavioral observations of 44 subjects were felt to indicate that the deviant child got more than twice his share of attention and that 40% was due to inappropriate behavior. The first study, conducted over a period of 11 weeks in a fifth grade setting, was noted as indicating a high probability of teacher attention to inappropriate behavior (77% of teacher's attention). Systematic manipulation of the amount of teacher attention produced changes in rates of behavior for non-deviant subjects, making the deviant and non-deviant subjects more similar in behavior. (CD)
Publication Type: N/A
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Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Oregon Univ., Eugene.